Pressure (Pa) = Force (N)
Contact Area (m2)
A.Pressure = Force = 400 N = 200 Pa
Contact Area2 m2
  1. A karate chop using the side of the hand with the same force as a flat-handed punch would have greater pressure.
  2. The drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles stuck in a sand trap let some air out of their tyres so that there is a greater contact area between the tyres and the sand, reducing the pressure and increasing friction.
  3. The air pressure above the wing of an aircraft is less than that below the wing. This causes the aircraft to move upwards.